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CHAPTER 5: The “End of a Beginning” and the Beginning of the Future

      By providing a case for establishing a societal approach to maximizing the personal potential of the nation’s citizenry for national prosperity—beginning with changing the way we think about and address poverty—along with a theoretical construct and initial strategies, this document marks the end of a beginning. Every innovation begins with a few people getting an initial construct down on paper; to actually begin the work of bringing the idea to reality is up to a larger group of people. In the case of establishing a new way of thinking about and addressing poverty, the work of bringing this innovation to fruition will take many people—over a long period of time—from every sector of society. This document provides no ‘answers’ because the answers will only come from the dialog it is intended to generate.

Having completed the relatively easy task of putting a conceptual stake in the ground, it is now time to begin the difficult work of starting a national dialog about the possibility of building a new future built upon it. Can it really be done? Do we care enough about each other as a nation of individuals and about the nation as collective whole to take on such a complex task? We will never know if we don’t first start the dialog.

Determining where to start the dialog is both difficult and irrelevant; difficult because the issue of poverty and capacity building is so complex, irrelevant because there is no “right” place to start. The same complexity that makes starting the dialog so difficult also provides many viable starting points. In the spirit of starting, we might all consider the following questions:

bulletHow could you or your sector create new markets, services, and/or products that would help reduce the number of people living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat products or services does your organization or sector create that can be “re-visioned” or “re-tooled” to provide greater access to those currently living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat small changes in operations, service delivery/product development could be made in your organization or sector to reduce the number of people living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat changes in your organization or sector’s overall direction can be made to align with the principles of the theoretical construct?
bulletWhat partners do your organization or sector work with who could influence change that would help reduce the number of people living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat policies do your organization or sector have influence on or control over that could reduce the number of people living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat policies in your organization or sector create disempowering or challenging conditions for those living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat policies in your organization or sector work at cross-purposes with other sectors to create disempowering or challenging conditions for those who are living impoverished lives?
bulletWhat policies in your organization or sector make it difficult for those living impoverished lives to begin to change their circumstances for the better?
bulletHow can we leverage our collective resources to work toward the vision together?

The extent to which this document serves as a catalyst for dialog and change remains to be seen. If its message resonates with enough people from enough sectors of society to create a sense of urgency, momentum will be started. If broader dialog and small changes begin to occur, momentum will be gained. If momentum is gained and sustained, the vision set forth in this document will be realized and we will live in a nation that, because each individual is reaching his or her full potential, is even more innovative, prosperous, and secure than ever before.  

Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5

Appendix A (21st Century Model to Address Poverty)
Appendix B (Poverty Programs Summary and Matrix)
Appendix C  (Issue Papers)
Appendix C1 (
Initiative context presentation: Characteristics of Successful Change)
Appendix D  (Income and Work Support Policies and Strategies)
Appendix D1 (Working Session Descriptions)
Appendix D2 (Working Session Descriptions, continued)
Appendix E  (Working Session Descriptions, continued)
Appendix E1  
Appendix E2 (Current state presentation: Highlights from the research)
Appendix F (Participant List)
Appendix G (Project Staff List)


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